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    Fryderyk Chopin's initials embellish the gate at The Hermitage -- formerly the Museum of the Chopin Festival -- where, in the summer of 1826, the Chopin family came to the spa at Duszniki "to take the waters."
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March 1, 2012. Happy Birthday Fryderyk Chopin!

Millions around the world will celebrate the life of Fryderyk Chopin today by listening to his music. We’d like to contribute to the celebration by presenting three pieces. The first is unusual though arguably Chopin’s most beloved Nocturne, the second piece is almost unknown and hardly ever performed, and the third is an all time favorite.

So what makes this first piece so unusual? We’ve recorded a rare edition of the Nocturne in E-flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2. Chopin himself penciled in extra notes to challenge some of his students. Listen carefully and if you know the piece (as you probably will), you’ll hear some things you haven’t heard before — a terrific Chopin Birthday treat.

The second piece, “Der Schweizerbub,” composed when Chopin was in his teens, is hardly ever performed. More of this story in a later post . . . but for now at Birthday 202, enjoy the work of a younger “Frycek” Chopin, age 14.

The third piece, Chopin’s (“Raindrop) Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28 No. 15, rounds out our Chopin Birthday mini concert. Let’s join the Chopin lovers of the world by enjoying the soul-resonating magic of Fryderyk Chopin’s musical expression, touching the heart of our real being.

  • http://ashraf62.wordpress.com Ashraf Ezzat

    Thank you for commemorating the day. Chopin’s legacy is honored by millions around the world on his birthday .. and all days.

  • http://digitalpianoreviewssite.com/ William Boggs

    By far the most influential pianist of my career. I always give a “Chopin 101″ to my new students as knowing the history can help others so much with this art.

  • http://www.bestedigitalepiano.nl Christoph

    Everyone around the world loves Chopin. Also here, in the Netherlands, I can tell you this out of my own private pianotutoring experience

  • http://bestdjheadphonessite.com/ Daryl James

    My only wish was that Chopin was born in the 20th century, as he would have been known by so many more younger players. It’s hard to imagine someone from 150-200 years ago having that much talent with the basic pianos that they had during that time period. I can imagine Chopin rocking out with a digital piano, headphones and a microphone if he was born during this era. Happy Birthday to a Legend !!!